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(Posted 8 a.m., July 17)
Classic car enthusiasts gather at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
By Fred Sherwin

Vanier resident Lionel Finance stands up through the sun roof of his 1965 Renault Dauphin during the Cumberland Heritage Village Classic Car Show on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum held its annual Classic Car Show on Sunday and more than 60 classic car owners used the occasion to show off their prized possessions.

André Blanchet drove all the way from Cornwall to be at the show with his 1962 Mercury Monterey convertible. He bought it after the previous owner had medical issues and couldn’t drive it anymore.

Blanchet had been working on the candy apple red convertible for three-and-a-half years and didn’t want to see it passed on to a stranger. Even so he is now looking to sell it.

“I don’t have space for it,” said Blanchet who also owns a 1938 McLachlan Buick Roadmaster he affectionately refers to as his “baby”, and a 1970 Buick Lasabre convertible. “Those two are keepers. This one’s got to go.”

Blanchet also has a 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado sat home which he hasn’t started working on yet. He started restoring cars when he owned a body shop in Cornwall and has kept on restoring cars since retiring 10 years ago.

His very first car was a 1953 Buick Skylark convertible which he drove every second weekend between Toronto and Cornwall.

Richard Roger stands in front of his 1966 Ford Galaxy 500 at the Cumberland Museum on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

“I was pretty proud of that car. I put quite a few miles on it,” said Blanchet

Richard Roger from Casselman brought his 1966 Ford Galaxy 500 to the show. He bought the car just over a year ago to mark his upcoming 80th birthday.

“I needed a new toy. My wife thought I was crazy, but she comes out with me in it all the time,” said Roger. “I’ve always been a car guy so I said what the hell.”

At various times Roger has owned a ‘51 Ford, a ‘71 Torino and a ‘78 Olds.

The first car he ever owned was a 1941 Plymouth that used to blow head gaskets on a regular basis. It wasn’t until 1971 that he bought his first new car.

Vanier resident Lionel Finance brought his all-original 1965 Renault Dauphin to the show.

Originally from France, Finance had always dreamed about owning an antique car and a Dauphin in particular.

“This is my big crush,” said Finance. “It reminds me of the ‘60s.”

He found it in a small town in southern Ontario after the owner responded to a want ad Finance had posted on Kijiji. The small car is fitted with a sun roof and still has the original engine and original paint..

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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